Well on March 14th 2015 as the WIO we finally did the big one, a very large improvising ensemble of 29 musicians.
The concert was sold out with people turned away at the door and the room both audience and musicians were heaving with anticipation.
We documented the entire concert plus some of the day which we hope to edit an put online soon as a small documentary about the WIO.
The concert was also multi track recorded which, from the very rough copy I have heard, sounds amazing. This will take some serious mixing to get the best out of this music which at times was so very dense / heavy and at other times almost translucent in its quality so I want this to shine through the mix.
Here's a sneaky picture of the orchestra in action
This was some ensemble to conduct. Although my conduction method tends to be one of opening doors and letting the musicians explore the rooms and setting up odd juxtapositions between people, rather than that of dictatorial control.
I also act as an out front mixer, raising and lowering volumes between instruments to create the right balance.
I always try to start with a concept which I may or may not use which helps me out, and the arrangement of the musicians in the space, although as much down to the architecture of the space - is also of importance.
I really split the band in half, and then sub-divided into smaller units for this large ensemble as therefore in my mind I could create and know what sounds were coming from what sections....and it worked...
The musicians where elated and judging by the audience I spoke to afterwards so where they.
This is always a learning process and I took away from this experience some good ideas on - what NOT to do next time - as much as what to do.